Memory Lapses: Photos by Francois Ollivier


A series of installations using overexposed reflective material to create gaps in the image by Montreal-based photographer Francois Ollivier. The effect is like experiencing something ethereal that dissipates through time.

Francois Ollivier is a self-taught photographer. Born in the south of France, he has lived and worked in Montreal since 2011. he wish he had a great story about inheriting his first camera from his grandfather or something like that, but no. he simply bought it in a store.

“Memory Lapses are temporary installations I photograph to revisit places linked to strong memories, past or recent. By overexposing reflective material in the process, data becomes absent from the digital file, creating an empty zone in the image that alters reality and distorts our perception: like time and distance do.”

He has studied languages, worked as a lighting designer for shows, and spent several years being a creative ad guy. He now focus on his photography, combining artistic and documentary / commercial practices.

“I trust providence (not the religious definition though) and patience. My approach is based on wandering and accepting the impromptu. I use photography to make simple factual observations and also to gather people, places, lines or lights  in a set up that magnifies the simplest things.”

See more of Francois Ollivier’s work on Behance or at Tumblr.